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RFA Helps Consumers Track Flex Fuel Models, Stations (Ind. Report)
RFA
Date: 2018-12-05
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports there are now more than 24 million flex fuel vehicles (FFV) vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV) capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). To assist FFV owners and drivers,the RFA has updated its annual FFV brochure that compiles FFV models available in the current model year (MY2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY1998.

According to the brochure, "There are now approximately 4,500 retail stations throughout the country that offer E85 or other ethanol flex fuel blends, at least 500 more than last year and growing every week."

Consumers can locate E85 stations to fuel their FFVs at E85prices.com, and also view what pricing experiences other users have reported. RFA offers hard copies of the brochure to fuel retailers and member companies at no cost.

View a copy of the brochure HERE (Source: Renewable Fuel Association, 4 December, 2018) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Ind. Relations, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  ,  Biofuel,  Flex Fuel,  


Vancouver Commercial Tower to Pilot Green Standard (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-12-05
Oxford Properties Group is touting its 36-storey, 161.5-metre Stack office tower as the tallest and first net-zero carbon emissions commercial building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 540,000 sq-ft building is scheduled for completion by 2022.

The Canada Green Building Council estimated that in the past 14 years it has certified over 3,600 LEED buildings nationwide and registered over 7,600 buildings. (Source: Oxford Properties Group, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Oxford Properties Group, www.oxfordproperties.com; Canada Green Building Council, www.cagbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council GBC,  


DOE Selects Pumped Storage Projects for Study (Ind. Report)
US DOE, Energy STorage
Date: 2018-12-05
In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced selections for its Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA) to perform techno-economic studies to evaluate the long-term value of two selected pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) projects. While PSH projects were initially built to balance the electricity system between period of high demand during the day and low demand at night, increases in variable renewable generation have changed how plants are operated and the value they provide to the grid. For example, instead of generating during the day and pumping at night, many plants now change operational modes multiple times per day and are relied on to provide quick ramping or frequency response.

Determining the value of PSH under these changing grid conditions is a significant challenge that requires new modeling tools and analysis. These studies will provide PSH developers with improved capabilities to estimate the value of a proposed PSH project and compare financial revenue streams under current market structures relative to the economic value of PSH projects to the grid.

The techno-economic studies for the two selected projects will be carried out by a Technical Assistance team comprising subject matter experts from the following DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The studies will support a larger multi-year research strategy to define the capabilities and estimate the value that hydropower and PSH resources contribute to electric grid resilience and reliability and how those contributions could be optimized for a rapidly evolving grid.

The Technical Assistance team has developed draft guidance -- a step-by-step methodology that can be used by PSH developers, plant owners and operators, and other stakeholders to assess the economic value of existing or planned PSH projects. The methodology will be applied at the two sites below to evaluate and demonstrate the potential economic and financial value of the proposed projects. Through these studies, the team will test and refine the valuation guidance, after which the guidance and valuation tools will be made publicly available for use by the hydropower industry.

GridAmerica Holdings' proposed Goldendale project would be located on the border of Oregon and Washington at the northern terminus of the Pacific AC and DC intertie transmission lines. This project, if constructed, could facilitate the storage and export of the growing amount of wind energy available in the Northwest to nearby states.

Absaroka Energy's proposed Banner Mountain project in central Wyoming along the proposed route of the Energy Gateway West 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which would enable it to serve additional areas in the western and southwestern U.S.. Banner Mountain would be a closed-loop facility that would include three ternary units -- a PSH technology that enables rapid switching between generating and pumping modes -- for a total capacity of 400 MW.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. (Source: US DOE, Dec., 2018) Contact: EERE Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/articles/notice-opportunity-technical-assistance-techno-economic-studies-pumped-storage; OEERE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  Pumped Energy STorage,  


S. African CSP Project Finds $220Mn ADB Funding (Int'l. Report)
African Development Bank,Eskom
Date: 2018-12-05
The African Development Bank (ADB) reports it has approved $220.1 million in debt for construction of the 100-MW Redstone concentrating solar power (CSP) project in Postmasburg, near Kimberley, South Africa. The project will incorporate molten salt energy storage capacity, a 1322-kV switching station and a 34-km (21.1-mile) transmission line.

The companies behind the project are Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power, US-based SolarReserve and state-owned Central Energy Fund of South Africa, which joined the scheme this summer. The project has a 20-year PPA with South African utility Eskom. (Source: African Development Bank, Dec., 2018) Contact: African Development Bank, www.afdb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  African Development Bank ,  CSP,  Solar,  


Solar Alliance, Onni Group Ink 519 kW Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
Solar Alliance
Date: 2018-12-05
Vancouver-based Solar Alliance Energy Inc. reports it has entered into a definitive agreement with a division of Onni Group for the design, procurement and construction management services for a 519 kW combined rooftop and carport solar installation at Manhattan Beach Towers' multi-tenant office building owned by the Knoxville-based developer. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Manhattan Beach Towers solar project will utilize LG NeON 2 solar modules, Solar Edge inverters and Solar Edge module optimizers. (Source: Solar Alliance Energy Inc., PR, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Solar Alliance, Jason Bak, CEO, (604) 288-9051, jbak@solaralliance.com, www.solaralliance.com; Omni Group, www.omni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Alliance,  


Nordex Using Software AG for Wind Turbine Management (Ind. Report)
Software AG
Date: 2018-12-05
Darmstadt, Germany-based Software AG reports wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group has selected its Cumulocity IoT platform to manage its onshore wind turbines. Nordex plans to connect and monitor its 6,800 existing wind turbines using Cumulocity IoT as a platform for digitizing its wind farms.

Software AG's Cumulocity IoT is an open, independent, device agnostic platform supporting more than 150 pre-integrated devices and 300-plus industrial protocols. It is fully distributed and available across cloud, on-premises and edge. (Source: Nordex, PR, Windpower Dev., 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Software AG, Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO, www.softwaread.com; Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Software AG ,  Nordex,  Wind Software,  Wind,  


Schneider Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-12-05
In London, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports it is accelerating its contribution to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.To that end, the company is strengthening its commitments to fighting climate change, based on the following complementary initiatives:
  • Before 2020: meet the 21 new commitments of the 2018-2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact barometer, outline a specific trajectory based on the assumption that Earth will breach the 2 degree C warming limit by 2050 and validate it through the Science Based Targets initiative, signed by the Group in 2016.

  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 at its plants and sites, in a cohesive industry ecosystem encompassing both suppliers and clients. To that aim, the Group will; quantify carbon emissions saved by its customers thanks to its EcoStruxure offers; switch to 100 pct renewable electricity, use 100 pct recyclable or reusable packaging, and recover 100 pct of its industrial waste, and; double its energy productivity against a 2005 baseline.

  • Beginning immediately and by 2050 cut its scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions by more than 50 pct vs. 2015, in line with the guiding principles of the Science Based Targets initiative. (Source: Schneider Electric, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior VP , www.schneider-electric.com/uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


  • Stanford Planning 100 pct Solar Energy by 2021 (Ind. Report)
    Recurrent Energy
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the Golden State, Stanford University is reporting a second solar-generating plant that is slated for construction within the next three years will complete the university's transition to clean power and further shrink campus greenhouse gas emissions.

    To that end, Stanford has contracted with Recurrent Energy for an 88-MW solar photovoltaic plant to be constructed in central California, near Lemoore. The plant is scheduled to go online in late 2021. The new solar plant, to be known as Stanford Solar Generating Station #2, is projected to reduce GHG emissions to 80 pct below peak levels four years ahead of the university's long-range plan.

    California enacted legislation earlier this year that requires electricity to be 100 pct carbon-free by 2045. (Source: Stanford University, Dec., 2018)Contact: Stanford University, E.J. Miranda, University Communications: (650) 724-9161, ejmirand@stanford.edu, www.stanford.edu; Recurrent Energy, (415) 675-1500, www.recurrentenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  


    US-Israel Clean Energy Projects to Receive BIRD Funding (Int'l)
    BIRD
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The U.S. DOE, the Israel Energy Ministry and the Innovation Authority are reporting the selection of seven American-Israeli clean energy projects to receive $6 million in funding under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. Founded in 2009, BIRD Energy is part of the BIRD Foundation, formed by US and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between companies in both countries. Since its establishment, BIRD Energy has granted $34 million in funding to 43 joint projects. Projects currently valued at $12.4 million and set to benefit from BIRD Energy's latest investment include solar, microgrid, energy storage and energy efficiency.

    Projects qualifying for funding must include one American and one Israeli company, or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research institution from the other. Projects must involve energy innovation and be of mutual interest to both countries. Under the program, selected partnerships must contribute at least 50 pct to project costs. BIRD funding is repaid as royalties should the project enjoy commercial success. (Source: BIRD, JPost, 2 Dec., 2018) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIRD,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  


    Heathrow Unveils Carbon Neutral Growth Plan (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Heathrow, ICAO
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In a first for the UK aviation industry, London's Heathrow Airport has revealed its four-part action plan to reduce and offset the growth in emissions from a planned carbon-neutral expansion in summer 2019

    Heathrow's plan builds on the momentum of technological change within the aviation industry to make travel more sustainable. The plan outlines action on four key areas including: cleaner aircraft performance and technology; improvements to airspace and ground operations; increased use of sustainable aviation fuels; and developing and promoting new carbon offsetting technologies and options. Additionally, Heathrow is calling on the ICAO -- the UN body for international aviation -- to develop global goals for the uptake of sustainable alternative fuels, and calling for the UK Government to engage ICAO and fellow member states to agree on a 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal for international aviation. (Source: Heathrow Airport, Various Aviation Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye, CEO, +44 0 8443 351801, www.heathrow.com; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  


    Notable Quote
    ICAO
    Date: 2018-12-05
    "If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 (carbon) emitters." -- ICAO Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  ICAO news,  


    IKEA Pledges New Carbon Emissions Target (Int'l. Report)
    Ikea
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Swedish home funishings manufactuere and retail giant IKEA reports it will cut carbon emissions from its direct suppliers and company owned and operated production facilities by 80 pct in absolute terms by 2030 from their 2016 levels. In 2016, IKEA claimed its direct suppliers and factories released 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents.

    Ikea produces around 10 pct of its product range itself while the rest are sourced from suppliers. To achieve its new target, the company plans to: increase plant and energy efficiency, shift to a greater reliance on renewable energy, shift towards more lightweight materials and new glues which could shave off up to 6 pct from its emission levels. (Source: IKEA, Retail Gazette, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: IKEA, www.ikea.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


    British Airways Announces Sustainable Fuels Challenge (Int'l)
    British Airways
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the UK, air carrier British Airways, In collaboration with Cranfield University, is touting its new "BA 2119: Future of Fuels" challenge aimed at encouraging academics across the U.K. to develop a sustainable alternative fuel able to power a commercial aircraft on a long-haul flight, with up to 300 customers and zero net emissions. BA's challenge is the first time the industry has tasked experts from both aerospace and fuel fields to work in collaboration to tackle this environmental issue.

    The Challenge winning team will receive £25,000 ($31,000) to support further research and a commitment from British Airways to work together to advance the idea. Nominations will be judged by a panel of industry experts based on the potential carbon reduction, innovation, value to the U.K. economy and feasibility of the idea.

    As an early proponent of renewable jet fuels, IAG -- BA's parent company -- has committed to invest as much as $400 million on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years -- the highest ever financial commitment from an airline group. (Source: British Airways, Airline Geeks, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: British Airways, www.britishairways.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    World Bank Earmarks $200Bn for Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The World Bank has announced its investment of $200 billion over 5 yrs to fund the fight against climate change. The funding is for a new set of climate targets for 2021-25.

    The $200 billion across the Group is comprised of approximately $100 billion in direct finance from the World Bank, and approximately $100 billion of combined direct finance from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and private capital mobilized by the World Bank Group. (Source: World Bank, Various Media, Climate Action, 4 Dec., 2018)Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  


    EPA 2019 Final Renewable Fuel Standards Quota (Summary Report)
    EPA,RFS
    Date: 2018-12-05
    On November 30, 2018, the US EPA finalized volume quotas under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, total renewable fuel, and biomass-based diesel for 2020.

    In brief,the conventional renewable fuel quota, which is met primarily by corn-based ethanol, will be maintained at 19 billion gal in 2019, while required advance biofuel volumes will climb by 630 million gal from 2018 to 19.92 billion gal. The 2019 quota for cellulosic biofuels increased nearly 130 million gal to 418 million gal.

    Download the EPA RFS summary HERE. (Source: EPA, Dec., 2018) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Industry Comments on New RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association , National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-12-05
    "Without reallocation of small-refinery exemptions, the numbers released today may look good on the outside, but just like the chocolate bunnies my children open up on Easter morning, they are hollow on the inside. While any increase is better than a flatline, these modest increases vastly underrate the potential of advanced biofuels." -- Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

    "EPA's failure to properly account for small refinery exemptions will continue to destroy biodiesel demand. EPA recognizes that the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is producing fuel well above the annual volumes. The industry regularly fills 90 percent of the annual advanced biofuel requirement. Nevertheless, the agency continues to use its maximum waiver authority to set advanced biofuel requirements below attainable levels. The method is inconsistent with the RFS program's purpose, which is to drive growth in production and use of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel." -- National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    "Of the 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel called for in the RFS, the vast majority, 388 million gallons, are requested from biogas and that represents a 45 pct increase in production from the 2018 volumes." -- American Biogas Council, Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, (202) 640-6595, www.americanbiogascouncil.org

    "When the EPA continues to grant waivers and does not account for those volumes in this rule, domestic demand for our crop is lost, impacting farmers' livelihood and the economy of rural America." -- National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), Lynn Chrisp, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Biogas Council,  NCGA,  ,  RFS,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  National Biodiesel Board ,  


    Henderson Texas USGBC LEED for Cities Certified (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the Lone Star State, the City of Henderson reports it has become one of 75 US Green Building Council LEED certified cities.

    The LEED for Cities program addresses concerns of transparency and information about the places residents live, work, learn and play on a global scale in key areas ranging from transportation and education to energy and water use. (Source: USGBC, KSNV, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certificatrion,  LEED Cities,  


    REMS Launches GreenSpace Sustainability Program (Ind. Report)
    Colliers Real Estate Management Services
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In Canada, Colliers Real Estate Management Services (REMS) has announced the launch of its GreenSpace sustainability program offering a holistic solution to building sustainability needs. With buildings contributing up to 35 pct of Canada's carbon emissions, GreenSpace affirms its commitment to helping reduce carbon, waste, and water footprints.

    The REMS sustainability team plans on launching an internal change management platform, along with a monthly corporate health and wellness newsletter, as part of the GreenSpace program. (Source: REMS, PR, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Colliers Real Estate Management Services, Phillip Raffi, national energy & sustainability manager, Real Estate Management Services. www2.colliers.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Albany Borrowing $29.3M, for LED Streetlighting (Ind. Report)
    City of Albany
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In New York State, the city of Albany reports it will borrow up to $29.3 million to purchase and install energy-efficient LED lighting as well as additional equipment that could pave the way for citywide internet.

    The 15-year borrowing includes $9.4 million to purchase the streetlights from National Grid, which owns the lights and charges the city for maintenance, various parts of the light as well as usage. Albany is charged separately for cement foundations, poles and cross arms, among other items that are non-energy related.

    The city presently spends $4.3 annually for its streetlights, with about 65 pct of those costs specifically for maintenance and operation, while the remaining 35 percent comes from energy usage and delivery. City officials anticipate savings with the purchase and LED switch within the first year. (Source: City of Albany, Albany Times Unions, 4 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Energy Efficienct Light,  


    Lockheed Martin Invests $4Mn in Forge Hydrocarbons (Ind. Report)
    Forge Hydrocarbons, University of Alberta,Lockheed Martin Canada
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons Inc., a University of Alberta spinoff company producing the next generation of renewable fuels, reports receipt of a $4-million investment from Lockheed Martin Canada. The funding is intended to support a $25-million production facility in Sombra, Ontario.

    The new facility is slated to be operational in late 2019 and produce 19 million litres of renewable biofuel annually.

    Forge Hydrocarbons uses technology developed by University of Alberta bioresource scientist David Bressler. Bressler's technology heats waste lipids such as cooking oil, animal renderings and crop seed oil, with water at a high temperature, creating fatty acids and glycerol. The glycerol is removed and the fatty acids are heated at more than 400 degree C until the oxygen within is released. This turns the acids into hydrocarbons that are separated into various fuels, including gasoline and diesel. The result is a drop-in biofuel that doesn't need to be blended with petroleum-based fuel and can produce renewable fuel with 90 pct less greenhouse gases than conventional fuel. (Source: Univ. of Alberta, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, (780) 492-4986, dbressle@ualberta.ca; Forge Hysdrocarbons Inc., (905) 815-7786, thaig@forgehc.com, www.forgehc.com; Lockheed Martin, www.lockheedmartin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons.Crop-in Fuel,  Lockheed Martin,  


    COP24 Climate Talks Underway in Poland's Coal Capital (Int'l)
    COP24
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Envoys from 200 countries have gathered a day ahead of schedule in Katowice, Poland, to follow up on the COP15 Paris climate change summit.

    In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has only 8 years left to limit climate change catastrophe and that drastic cuts in carbon emissions will be needed if the world is to reach the COP15 pledge of keeping temperatures between 1.5C and 2C. Unfortunately, CO2 emissions hit a record high in 2017.

    Although Poland has reduced its share of coal in power generation, the country still gets close to 80 pct of its electricity from the fossil fuel. Even so, Poland is planning construction of another major coal-fired power plant that the Environment Ministry promises will be the last. However, some observers are skeptical since the the country's most recent energy plan would basically see the amount of coal in the energy mix remain unchanged at 80 pct until 2030, when coal reserves are expected to run dry. Even so, Polish authorities are calling for a "just transition" for fossil fuel industries like coal which are facing closures as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: REMI rfi, Others, Dec. 3, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP24,  Coal,  Climate Change,  


    Earth CO2 Highest in 3,000.000 Years, says WMO Report (Int'l)
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2018-11-30
    The UN weather agency -- the World Meteorological Organization -- is reporting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached record levels as the highest in 3 million or more years, with no sign of reversal.

    According to the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin there has been a 41 pct increase in the warming effect by the various greenhouse gases on the climate, known as "radioactive forcing", since 1990. CO2 specifically accounts for about 82 pct of the increase in radioactive forcing over the past decade, according to figures quoted in the WMO report. The new report adds yet another building block of scientific evidence to inform decision-making at the upcoming UN COP24 climate change conference in Poland. The key objective of this meeting is to adopt an implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement.

    In its 2017 Statement on the State of the Global Climate, WMO said "We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa. This is part of a long-term warming trend." (Source: World Meteorological Organization, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: WMO, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cliame Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COP15,  Paris Climate Agreement,  World Meteorological Organization,  Climate Change,  


    Orsted Sets Ambitious Offshore Wind Target (Int'l. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2018-11-30
    Danish energy major Orsted -- fka DONG Energy -- is reporting a new offshore wind target as part of a its updated strategic plan. By 2025, the Copenhagen headquartered company wants to increase its offshore wind capacity from 11GW to 15GW.

    Orsted's portfolio currently includes 11.9GW of offshore and onshore wind farms and biomass-fired combined heat and power plants that are either in production, under construction or have been given final investment decision (FID). It also has projects with a capacity of 4.7GW awaiting FID.

    From 2019-2025, the company expects total gross investments of approximately DKK 200 billion ($30 billion)75-85 pct of which will be in the offshore wind sector. (Source: Orsted, MarEx,Other, Dec., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Orsted,  


    German Consultancy Exploring Iranian Energy Efficiency Market (Int'l)
    DIW Econ
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In Tehran, DIW Econ, a Berlin-based subsidiary consultancy company of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), reports it has been investigating possible low carbon economy and energy efficiency projects in PSEEZ in Assaluyeh and have developed business and financing plans for at least two projects designed for Iran's existing infrastructure and compliant with energy consumption and industry regulations.

    The company also developed bankable pre-feasibility studies for energy efficiency projects and for the derived market for energy and environment and elaboration of financing concepts for these projects. The German company is also planning similar projects in the southwestern Iranian city of Bushehr. (Source: DIW Econ, Tehran Times, 25 Nov., 2018)Contact: DIW Econ, +49 30-20 60 972-0, www.diw-econ.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Madison PD Scores $17,000 Energy Efficiency Incentive (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,
    Date: 2018-11-30
    The Madison Wisconsin Police Department is reporting receipt of more than $17,000 in incentives from Wisconsin Focus on Energy for energy-efficient features built into the new Midtown District police station. The new station's energy efficient features include: inside wall insulation, lighting occupancy sensors, high-efficiency HVAC and boilers, and other energy saving features that are expected to save the department more than $22,000 per in energy costs.

    Focus on Energy is an energy efficiency and renewable resource program that offers monetary incentives and energy expertise to residential, business and government customers across Wisconsin. A spokesperson from the program says Madison Gas & Electric is one of the 107 statewide utilities that fund it. A recent evaluation report found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy programs creates $5.93 in benefits for Wisconsin, including economic benefits, reduced energy costs, and reduced pollution. (Source: Wisc. Focus on Energy, PR, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800)762-7077, www.wisconsinisin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Wisconsin Focus on Energy,  


    Pattern Offloads Stillwater Montana Wind Farm Interest (M&A)
    Pattern Energy
    Date: 2018-11-30
    San Francisco-headquartered Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development)is reporting the sale of its entire ownership in the 31-turbine, 79.75-MW Stillwater Wind Farm in Montana. The project was commissioned in October.

    Pattern Energy Group Inc notes it purchased 51 pct of the class B interests in the Stillwater facility for $23 million in cash. The acquired interest is equal to a 35-MW owned interest in the facility. The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) purchased the remaining 49 pct of class B interests. Pattern Energy will operate the wind farm. (Source: Pattern Energy, 25 Nov., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com; Public Sector Pension Investment Board, www.investpsp.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy ,  Wind,  


    EC Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 (Report Attched)
    European Union, European Commission
    Date: 2018-11-30
    The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets the goal to contain the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C.

    To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.

    The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.

    Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.

    Download the EU Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE. (Source: EU, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  Climate Change,  


    China's Carbon Market Trades Exceed $863Mn (Int'l Report)
    Ministry of Ecology and Environment
    Date: 2018-11-30
    China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's seven fledgling pilot carbon trading schemes reached $863.9 million as total of 250Mt of CO2 changed hands on the exchanges by the end of October.

    China's pilot CO2 trading schemes cover the cities of Beijing, Tianjan, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen, and the provinces of Guangdong and Hebei. In 2017, the cities-regional schemes were replaced by a national scheme which has to date made limited progress, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CemNet, Others, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, http://english.mee.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  


    "Anticipated House Carbon Tax Bill is Climate Denial, Not Climate Action" -- (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Food & Water Watch
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In Washington, D.C., Food & Water Watch is commenting on a bipartisan carbon tax proposal tabled by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.): "With an increased national focus on the perils of climate change in recent weeks, it comes as no surprise that stale ideas would be trotted out anew in hopes of demonstrating an adequate response from lawmakers. Yet carbon pricing schemes like this one are false solutions to climate change, and they provide a dangerous distraction from the bold policies required to avoid the worst effects of climate chaos in decades to come.

    "This carbon tax bill amounts to climate denial, not climate action. Emissions pricing schemes like this one are actually supported by the world's largest oil and gas corporations because they do nothing more than entrench the status quo -- an economy dependent on polluting fossil fuels. This particular bill is potentially even more egregious, as it would reportedly roll back existing environmental regulations on carbon emissions, amounting to a shameful, self-defeating giveaway to the industry.

    "As Democrats look to formulate a strategy on climate for a new Congress, it is imperative that they flatly reject carbon pricing schemes that increase costs for consumers while cementing a future of fossil fuel business-as-usual.

    "A Green New Deal that includes carbon pricing isn't green at all. The only legitimate path to moving off fossil fuels is to move off fossil fuels -- now."

    Food & Water Watch is a non-governmental organization group focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and corporate overreach. (Source: Food & Water Watch, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Seth Gladstone, (917) 363-6615, sgladstone@fwwatch.org, www.fwwatch.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Food & Water Watch,  Climate Change,  


    Federal Lands Fossil Fuel Extraction Emissions Fell in 2005-14, says USGS (Ind. Report)
    US Geological Survey
    Date: 2018-11-30
    A just released US Geological Survey study reports the estimated emissions of the three main gases associated with climate change fossil fuel extraction on federal lands fell from 2005 to 2014 -- CO2 fell 6.1 pct to 1,279 million metric tons; methane emissions fell releases totaling an estimated 47.6 million tonnes of 10.5 pct and nitrous was 20.3 pct lower. Emissions from fossil fuels produced on federal lands represent, on average, 23 pct of national emissions, the study notes.

    The USGS study's data are consistent with both rising US production and the increased use of gas to generate electricity, according to the American Petroleum Institute. (Source: US Geological Survey, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: US Geological Survey, 888-275-8747, www.usgs.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  GHG ,  Natural Gas,  Methane,  Carbon Emissions,  


    NextEra, OSMPC Agree to Wind Farm Deadline Extension (Ind. Report)
    NextEra
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In the Sooner State, the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) reports it has again granted a mitigation plan deadline extension for NextEra Energy's planned wind farm along a route of airspace the military uses for training west of Hinton.

    As part of the extension, NextEra may resume construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA. OSMPC claims the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act requiring a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department before a wind farm is constructed or expanded. (Source: OSMPC, Enid News & Eagle, 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra,  Wind,  


    Aemetis Newest Renewable Fuels Association Member (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association,Aemetis
    Date: 2018-11-30
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is reporting Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. has been added to the RFA membership roster.

    Aemetis operates a 60 million gpy ethanol and DDGs animal feed production facility in Keyes, California and operates a 50 million gpy distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin biorefinery on the East Coast of India. The company also maintains a research and development laboratory and holds granted patents on technology related to the production of renewable fuels and renewable chemicals. (Source: RFA, PR, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Aemetis,  


    Roeslein Expediting Smithfield Foods' Biogas Program (Ind. Report)
    Smithfield Foods,Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2018-11-30
    As previously reported , Virginia-headquartered hog producer and processor Smithfield Foods plans to expand its Smithfield Renewables initiative aimed at cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 25 pct by 2025. To that end, the company plans to equip 90 pct its hog finishing operations North Carolina, Utah and Missouri with manure methane-to-energy systems.

    St.Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy has spearheaded Smithfirld's efforts in Missouri and is equipping Smithfield's hog waste lagoons with covering systems that capture, clean and ultimately fed methane into a pipeline system that distributes natural gas nationally. Roeslein completed the first of its biogas projects for Smithfield in 2016 near Albany, Mo., and currently converts manure from its farms into enough energy to power 15,400 homes. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Smithfield Foods, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods news,  Roeslein Alternative Energy news,  Methae news,  Biogas news,  


    Align RNG Hog Manure-to-Energy JV Announced (Ind. Report)
    Smithfield Food,Dominion Energy
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In the Old Dominion State, Smithfield Foods Inc. reports it is partnering with Dominion Energy are forming Align Renewable Natural Gas (Align), a joint venture company that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into clean renewable energy for residential home heating and power for local businesses. The JV has also announced their first projects in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah.

    The companies The new joint venture will leverage Smithfield's relationships with contract hog farmers and the company's "manure-to-energy" anaerobic digestion project experience and expertise. Once collected and processed, the methane will be transported to a central conditioning facility where it will be converted into RNG. (Source: Smithfield Food Co., 27 Nov., 2018) Contact: Align RNG, www.alignrng.com; Smithfield Food, (757) 365-3000, www.smithfieldfoods.com; Dominion Energy, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  Methane,  Smithfield Food,  Dominion Energy,  


    Eos Energy Storage, Peaxy Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-11-30
    San Jose, California-headquartered Peaxy Inc. reports it has contracted with Edison, New Jersey-based energy storage provider Eos Energy Storage to implement an integrated data strategy that lets Eos access advanced analytics to improve how its data supports business objectives.

    Peaxy is adapting its asset management application, Peaxy Lifecycle Intelligence (PLI) will enable Eos to speed up its R&D efforts, minimize manufacturing variability, and more accurately predict maintenance needs. PLI uses machine learning to model battery degradation. (Source: Peaxy Inc., PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: EOS Energy Storage, Philippe Bouchard, SVP of Business Development, ; Peaxy, 408-441-6500, info@peaxy.net, www.peaxy.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eos Energy Storage,  


    Engie Ups KiWi Power Stake (Int'l Report, M&A)
    Engie SA, KiWi Power
    Date: 2018-11-30
    French electric utility Engie SA reports it has increased its ownership stake in UK distributed energy resource aggregator KiWi Power with the purchase of additional company shares from KiWi co-founders Yoav Zingher and Ziko Abram.

    London-based KiWi Power said on Monday that this latest share-purchase transaction marks the start of the next phase of growth for the UK firm. (Source: Engie, Renewables, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Engie SA, Isabelle Kocher, CEO, www.engie.com; KiWi Power, +44 (0)207-183-1030, +44 (0)845-805-6205, info@kiwipowered.com, www.kiwipowered.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie SA,  KiWi Power,  Wind,  


    Acting EPA Administrator Backs the Boss -- Notable Quote
    US EPA,National Climate Change Assement
    Date: 2018-11-30
    On Wednesday in Washington, after admitting he'd not read his agency's just released National Climate Change Assessment report, EPA Acting Administrator and former coal industry lobbyist extraordinaire Andrew Wheeler immediately trumpeted the Trump Administration for a decline in carbon emissions.

    "In the first year of the Trump administration, we've seen a 2.7 pct reduction in CO2 from 2016 to 2017. I'm not aware of a formal process within the administration" (to incorporate it into decision-making) Wheeler said. Wheeler noted "a 14 pct reduction in CO2 emissions in the United States since 2005," a time frame dominated by the 2009-2017 Obama administration which implemented strict environmental policies that influenced the reversals that the Trump administration seeks to take credit for while at the same time seeking to amend, reverse or eliminate.

    "I think we really need to take a hard look at where the markets are going, where technology is going, where innovation is going, and what has driven the reduction in CO2, and we need to give credit for that CO2 reduction," Wheeler said.

    Wheeler added that although he respects the efforts of career government scientists who worked on the report, he noted that the work was begun under the Obama administration and that the Trump administration did not play a part in the work. "We did not review it. I did not see the National Climate Change Assessment report until it was released," Wheeler proclaimed, the implication being that it was in some way lacking in credibility with the the Trump administration's touch.

    Download the National Climate Assessment report HERE. (Source: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  National Climate Change Assesment,  


    Renewable Fuels Standard "Hardship" Waivers on Hold (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Fuels Standard
    Date: 2018-11-30
    It is being widely reported that the Trump Administration is reconsidering and temporarily frozen Renewable Fuels Standard "hardship" waivers exempting small oil refineries from biofuel blending requirements.

    Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: Various Media, 28 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Hardship Waiver,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Blend,  


    USC Wrigley Institute Investigating Kelp Biofuel Sustainability (R&D)
    USC Wrigley Institute
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In Southern California, researchers at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental are working on a project to convert open-ocean kelp into a biofuel that could someday replace gasoline.

    Kelp, a species of macroalgae, is turned into a biofuel through a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. This involves drying the kelp, then processing the biomass in an extremely hot, pressurized and wet environment for long periods of time to allow the breakdown of the solid chemical structure to produce a biocrude which can be further distilled or processed into a fuel that can be used just like any petroleum-based fuel.

    Researchers at Wrigley and partners at Marine BioEnergy Inc. have come up with an innovative open ocean "kelp elevator" to farm the massive amounts of kelp necessary for a commercialized fuel source. The current "kelp elevator" prototype models use PVC pipes in the ocean to grow and cycle kelp from the surface where the light is to the deep water where the nutrients are.

    Under optimal conditions, giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera, which is used to generate a biofuel, can grow up to three feet per day without fresh water, fertilizer, pesticides or fertile land. These attributes make kelp a viable potential substitute for traditional fuels, as it can be sustainably farmed, harvested and converted into biofuel. (Source: USC Wrigley Institute, Daily Trojan, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: USC Wrigley Institute, Diane Kim, Associate Director , (310) 510-0811, www.usc.edu/wrigley; Marine BioEnergy Inc., www.marinebiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Kelp,  


    First Ethiopian Commercial Biodiesel Plant Set for Launch (Int'l)
    API Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-11-30
    Stamford, Conn.-based API Renewable Energy PLC is reporting next weeks official lauch of Ethiopia's first commercial-scale biodiesel refinery in the Adama Industrial Zone.

    The new commercial-scale biorefinery targets annual biodiesel production of over 70 million litres. The company plans to construct and commission nine additional biodiesel plants with total estimated capacity of 730 million lpy by the year 2025. (Source: API Renewable Energy, PR, 26 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News API Renewable Energy,  Biodiesel ,  


    UKGBC Launches Net-zero Carbon Buildings Group (Int'l Report)
    UKGBC
    Date: 2018-11-30
    UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is reporting the launch of a new industry task group of more than 30 experts from across the building value chain to develop an industry-led definition for net-zero carbon buildings. The task group is being supported by 12 leading industry bodies.

    The UKGBC initiative is a global campaign led by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), calling for all new buildings to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2030 and all existing buildings to achieve this standard by 2050. The initiate is expected to released in spring 2019. (Source: UKGBC, pbctoday, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, +44 (0) 7580 0623, www.ukgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UKGBC,  Green Building,  Net-Zero Buiulding,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Kokam Claims 40 MWh Battery Energy Storage Contracts (Int'l)
    Kokam Battery
    Date: 2018-11-30
    Seoul-based South Korean lithium-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions provider Kokam Co Ltd reports receipt of a supply order for 40 MWh of energy storage systems linked to solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Korea. The capacity is split between two projects totaling 12 MWh and 28 MWh, respectively, and is expected to be put on stream by the end of this year.

    The 28 MWh project was awarded by Korea Midland Power Co Ltd will be installed at nine sites across the country and incorporated with 10 MW of PV systems. Both projects will use Kokam’s high energy lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (HE NMC) battery technology, according to the release. (Source: Kokam, 27 Nov., 2018)Contact: Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kokam,  Battery,  Energy STorage,  


    Important Notice -- Publications Schedule
    Publication Schedule
    Date: 2018-11-30
    This LC Energy Report will not be published on Monday, 3 December, 2018. We will resume our regular publication schedule on Wed., 5 December, 2018.

    We apologize for the disruption and any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you.


    Georgia 35th in National Energy Efficiency Rankings (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-11-28
    The financial analysis website WalletHub's recent examination of residential energy efficiency across U.S., the Peach State came in at No. 35. According to the U.S. DOE, the average U.S. family spends $2,000 or more per year on utilities -- heating and cooling accounts for more than half the bill PLUS another $1,968 on transportation fuel and oil.

    The DOE estimates that home energy efficieny measures could cut a family's utility costs by 25 pct or more and that driving fuel-efficient vehicle could save the average driver about $708 per year. (Source: WalletHub, AllOnGeorgia, 26 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    EU Renewable Energy Progress Adoption Slows (Ind. Report, Int'l)
    European Environment Agency
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In a just released report, the European Environment Agency (EEA) notes that the EU's progress towards increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing and putting its ability to meet its 2020 and 2030 targets at risk.

    According to the report, renewable energy, such as wind and solar, accounted for a 17.4 pct share of gross final energy consumption in the EU last year -- up from 17.0 pct in 2016. This indicates that the EU remains on track to reach its target of a renewables share of 20 pct by 2020, although at a slower rate of growth. Preliminary EEA data for 2017 showed 20 member states were on track to reach their individual targets on renewable energy by 2020, a drop from 2016 when 25 countries were on track.

    On energy efficiency, both primary and final energy consumption were above the trajectory needed to reach targets 2020. The continued growth in energy consumption, particularly in transport but also in other sectors, made achieving the 2020 target increasingly uncertain, the report said.

    Download the full report HERE (Source: European Environment Agency, Reuters, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


    NBB Supports Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Proposal (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In Washington, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, is reported to have proposed a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit at its current rate of $1.00 per gallon for 2018 through 2021 but gradually reduce it to $0.33 per gallon by 2024, and then allow it to expire

    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomes Brady's proposal: "The biodiesel industry has long advocated for a long-term tax extension to provide certainty and predictably for producers and feedstock providers. Too often, the credit has been allowed to lapse and then reinstated retroactively, which does not provide the certainty businesses need to plan, invest, and create jobs. We (MBB) appreciate the recognition that the biodiesel industry is integral to our domestic energy needs through this long-term extension. We look forward to working with our supporters on Capitol Hill to ensure that consumers, producers and marketers benefit from a long-term, forward-looking pro-growth tax policy," according to NBB VP for Federal Affairs, Kurt Kovarik. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, Ohio AG, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit ,  


    DRAX Woody Biomass Power Plant CCS Pilot Underway (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2018-11-28
    Further to our August 20th coverage, in the UK DRAX Energy reports it has begun work on a pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions at its biomass plant in North Yorkshire. The facility burns woody sawdust pellets to operate the world's first carbon negative power station, according to DRAX.

    The UK aims to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct compared with 1990 levels by 2050. (Source: DRAX, Investing.com, 26 Nov., 2018))Contact: DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  Woody Biomass,  


    LADWP Awards $1.4Mn in Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In the Golden State, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reports its Community Partnership Outreach Grants Program for 2018 has awarded $1.4 million to 24 nonprofit organizations to support water conservation and energy efficiency programs and initiatives.

    The grants program assists nonprofit organizations in connecting with LADWP customers that may not be reached through traditional communication strategies, with a goal of helping reduce energy and water use. Over the past seven years, the program provided more than $8 million in funding for more than 140 projects. (Source: LADWP, MyNews LA, 26 Nov., 2018)Contact: LADWP, David H. Wright, GM, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Botetourt County Va. Wind Farm Project Seeking PPA (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based Apex Clean Energy reports it is seeking a PPA for its planned 75-MW, Rocky Forge wind farm to be located in Botetourt County. All required local, state and federal permits have been issued. If and when constructed, the project will the state's first commercial wind farm. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Nov., 2018) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Charlie Johnson, Dev. Manager, (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apex Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    USGBC Launches LEED Zero for Green Building Projects (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-11-28
    The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is touting the launch of LEED Zero, a new program to address net-zero operations and resources in green building projects. LEED Zero recognizes specific achievements in building operations and rewards projects that have used LEED as a framework to address important aspects of green buildings and taken their buildings to the next level by designing and operating toward net-zero goals.

    LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places that will contribute to a regenerative future. This is part of a vision to ensure the next phase of USGBC's efforts will be LEED Positive, where buildings generate more energy than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce. (Source: USGBC, The Construction Specifier, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED Zero, new.usgbc.org/leed-zero

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC news,  US Green Buildin Council news,  LEED Certification news,  Green Building news,  

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